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Site of the Battle of Mu’ta

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ImageTourists can visit the site of the Battle of Mutaa, fought by the Muslims in 629 AD. The Prophet had sent an expeditionary force to put down Arab tribes of this area who had assassinated a messenger sent by him earlier. The expedition was led by Zaid bin Harithah, the Prophet's freed slave and adopted son and the only companion whose name appears in the Quran. Second in command was Jaafar Bin Abu Talib, the elder brother of the fourth caliph. Third in command was Abdullah bin Rawahah. May the blessings of Allah be on all of them.
 
The non-Muslim Arabs of the area had sought the help of Roman soldiers. There were about 3,000 Muslims against an enemy force at least ten times that size. Zaid became the first Muslim commander to be killed on foreign soil. He was soon followed by Jaafar. Abdullah then took command and took the flag in his left hand when his right hand was severed by the enemy. When his left hand too was severed he somehow still held on to the flag until a Roman soldier brought him down. On the shahadat of Abdulah the Muslim command was taken up by Khalid bin Waleed who created a stir which made the enemy think that reinforcements had arrived from Madinah. The Muslim force under Khalid Bin Waleed retreated back to Madinah, to fight many glorious battles in the days to come.

The tombs and shrines of these Muslim heroes: Zaid and Jaafar, can be visited within the site grounds.
 

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